Barometz are a plant species in the center of the Mashriq region, primarily found within Caspiane.
Anatomy & Morphology
Barometz is an evergreen flowering plant that greatly resemblesa cross between a fern and a shrub. The stem is very thick, herbaceous, and covered by long soft, golden yellow hairs. It looks rather like a golden haired dog and when the seed pods open up and release a huge amount of white fiber, it can vaguely resemble a sheep or lamb.
Barometz grow large amount of white soft fluffy fiber, nearly five times the size of the plant. It is that thought that they grow this large amount of fiber to prevent grazing animals from eating their leaves or their seeds. The amount of fiber is so large that explorers once thought that the plants grew actual sheep from their stems that would graze the grass around them.
Genetics and Reproduction
When ripe and in warm weather, the flower capsule will burst and expose the white fiber surrounding the seeds firmly. The fiber produced by this plant is surprisingly large as nearly covers it, and is firmly attached to the seed, which is covered in hairy down.
Uses, Products & Exploitation
The fiber from a barometz is similar in texture to cotton and can be collected in a similar fashion. The fiber is most often spun into yarn or thread and used to make a soft, breathable textile. As such barometz fiber is a staple among the clothing and textiles of races that roam Capisane such as Iskuzai Amazons, Silat Jinn, etc. Barometz are also used as a folk medicinal herb by the locals for women's menstrual cycle pains and irregular bleeding. It is also known to be used after birth to expel the placenta and to increase the lactation, as well as for gastrointestinal issues, such as hemorrhages and diarrhea, for nausea, fevers and headaches.
Geographic Origin and Distribution
- Scientific Name
- Tartarica baometz
- Conservation Status
- Least Concern
- Average Height
- 1 m (3 ft 3 in)
- Average Length
- 3 m (10 ft)
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